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Rohinga Refugees In Bangladesh

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By Stringer
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April 17, 2014

Shamalapur, Bangladesh -- 45 year old Dilbhar looks towards the camera as she stands in the Shamalapur Rohingya refugee settlement on April 11, 2014 in Chittagong district, Bangladesh. She escaped to Bangladesh 6 months ago from the Bodchara village in the Mondu district of Myanmar. One day in November 2013 the authorities and Chakma people came in a mob to their village, killing people with machetes, burning houses, and opening fire on people at random. They went to the mosque and told people to stand in a line and opened fire on them. Dilbhar went to the hills and hid for 5 days with no food or water before escaping to Bangladesh with her husband and 3 children. Last week Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN special rapporteur on Human Rights, said that recent developments in Myanmar's Rakhine state were the latest in a "long history of discrimination and persecution against the Rohingya Muslim community which could amount to crimes against humanity", and that the Myanmar government's decision not to allow Rohingya Muslims to register their ethnicity in the March census meant that the population tally was not in accordance with international standards. Over the years hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have taken refuge in Bangladesh to escape the deadly sectarian violence in Myanmar.

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